(CTN News) – Several reports have indicated that Angels superstar Shohei Ohtani cleared out his locker at Angel Stadium after the team lost to the Tigers on Friday night, and it is uncertain whether the two-way standout will be able to return to the franchise any time soon.
A spokesman for the team said that it would provide information on the matter at some point on Saturday, but the team did not comment on the matter Friday night.
At the end of this season, Shohei Ohtani is set to become a free agent.
In the past few days, it has been reported that almost all of Shohei Ohtani baseball equipment and belongings have disappeared from his locker at Angel Stadium, with the exception of a full duffel bag for the All-Star Game, according to Sam Blum of The Athletic.
There are 14 games left in the season for the Angels. Immediately following their current series against Detroit, they will play six more games on the road before returning home to finish the season with a six-game homestand.
It has been revealed that Shohei Ohtani has been dealing with a torn UCL in his elbow during the second half of the season, an injury that has forced him to stop pitching in late August as a result of the injury.
It was initially decided that he would play through the injury as a hitter, but on Sept. 3 he played in his last game while experiencing an oblique injury as well.
At the trade deadline, the Angels were aggressive in their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani in hopes of making it into the playoffs for the first time in their history.
As of late, though, the team has struggled and is currently sitting at 68-80, 15 games out of first place in the AL West and 13 1/2 games out of a wild-card spot in the postseason. As a result, the team has lost three consecutive games and 13 of its last 18 games overall.
There have been 135 games played by Shohei Ohtani this season, and he has hit a total of 44 home runs, which is the most in the American League, while pitching to a 3.14 ERA in 23 starts for the Mariners.